As I had mentioned previously, this year, I’m going back to school. Not to take classes but to teach a course at my alma mater, Fanshawe College. I did this about a decade ago and thought it was interesting, so I was excited to give it another go. Additionally, after a friend mentioned that their kid wanted to learn Python, I developed an Intro to Python aimed at high school students that I’m teaching weekly. I thought that this would be good fodder for the State of Security. So, whenever I have something interesting to discuss, expect to find it here.

I really want to get into interesting technical discussions with this series, but I feel like there are serious problems in the soft skills area that still come up each week, and they are important enough to merit a conversation.

I’m going to set up this post with one of the oldest stereotypes that I know. Picture this: A car pulled over on the side of the road, nothing but open fields in the background. A man has a map spread out on the hood of the car. He’s got a puzzled look on his face, and there’s a question mark floating above his head. A woman leans out the passenger window, and a speech bubble contains the text, “You should have just asked for directions at the last gas station!”

It’s a common stereotype, the man who refuses to ask for directions. It’s more than that, though. It’s people that don’t like to ask for directions. I’m sure that a psychologist could talk about this in great detail and explain the emotions that drive us toward getting lost over asking for help, but I wanted to look at it from cybersecurity, both in my day job (Read more...)